Joint Working Group Release Final Report

The Joint Working Group (JWG) has provided its final report to Greyhound Racing (GRNSW) Chief Executive Paul Newson. The report aims to assist in providing options and recommended actions to drive reform in the NSW greyhound racing industry.

The report makes 20 recommendations concerning issues around animal welfare, integrity, racing, clubs, governance and industry sustainability.

Click here to view the final JWG report. 

Key among the recommendations was for the expansion of greyhound and participant registration to cover the entire lifecycle of a greyhound.

The JWG also believes GRNSW should undertake further analysis of the Centre of Excellence club concept by identifying the optimum number of race meetings, and type, required to be supported by the track network as well as the specific features of a Centre of Excellence.

The JWG also provides recommendations in the report on best practice grading systems aimed at improving animal welfare outcomes in the industry. It also provides suggestions as to practical steps to be taken to address the over-production and unnecessary euthanasia of greyhounds.

GRNSW General Manager, Industry Reform Wayne Billett, who was a member of the JWG, said the recommendations outlined in the final report put animal welfare at the centre of all aspects of the sport.

The recommendations also supported by robust governance measures and effective regulation which would be underpinned by effective strategies to ensure the financial sustainability of the greyhound racing industry into the future, Mr Billett added.

Mr Billett said the JWG members acknowledge that many of the recommendations outlined in the report will require significant investment.

“The JWG understand and expects that the priority for GRNSW’s finances must be directed towards greyhound welfare and regulation. However, the JWG believes there is also a need to improve the quality of NSW greyhound racing tracks, and to raise prizemoney levels towards those available in Victoria and Queensland.”

Mr Billett thanked all stakeholders who provided submissions and presented to the Joint Working Group, as well as his fellow representatives on the JWG.

GRNSW will now consider the recommendations as it continues the development of the strategic approach for the NSW greyhound racing industry, with a further round of consultation to be embarked on by senior management in the coming weeks.

Click here to view the final JWG report.

GRNSW Releases Industry Supervision Strategy

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has released its first ever Industry Supervision Strategy which clearly articulates the organisation’s regulatory approach to supervising greyhound racing in NSW.

The Industry Supervision Strategy outlines GRNSW’s regulatory purpose, strategic priorities and objectives in relation to industry supervision, as well as the supervisory activities the organisation will prioritise to achieve its desired regulatory outcomes.

Click here to view the GRNSW Industry Supervision Strategy.

GRNSW interim CEO Paul Newson said the Industry Supervision Strategy also provides an explanation of the regulatory toolkit GRNSW will use in its industry supervision and how the organisation will evaluate the success of the strategy.

“GRNSW must balance its commercial and regulatory roles, ensuring its strategic objectives are underpinned by best practice animal welfare policies and outcomes, and recognise that a strong focus on its regulatory role is required to preserve its social and regulatory licence and secure a sustainable and vibrant future for the industry,” Mr Newson said.

Intelligence led and risk-based regulatory approaches seek to be smarter about understanding the environment, known and emerging issues and indicators of risk to ensure regulatory resources can be efficiently applied to target the more serious non-compliance risks and suspected misconduct. Importantly robust industry supervision is partnered with clear communication from the regulator on rights and obligations that arise from participating in the industry and its expectations around standards of behaviour.

“In short the regulator must incentivise voluntary compliance and target more serious non-compliance and misconduct with escalating enforcement action. To safeguard the integrity of the industry, maintain community confidence and the associated social licence, where conduct falls short of requirements the regulator must take remedial and/or enforcement action to ensure wrongdoing incurs consequences, achieve specific and general deterrence and maintain confidence in the regulatory framework.

“An intelligence led and risk-based regulatory approach allows for the majority of responsible participants to make informed decisions around their participation and conduct and enjoy less intervention from GRNSW. Achieving increased levels of voluntary compliance though guidance and education material, incentivising positive compliance behaviours, communicating regulatory priorities and publishing outcomes from compliance activities and enforcement activity such as disciplinary action is a necessary function for a contemporary regulator.”

The release of the Industry Supervision Strategy follows the restructure and expansion of GRNSW’s Compliance Unit in 2015. This resulted in the establishment of the GRNSW intelligence and investigations teams to ensure it can identify and assess known and emerging risks and effectively target suspected non-compliance and wrongdoing.

GRNSW’s investigations team consists of highly experienced former State and Federal Police detectives and is dedicated to investigating more serious non-compliance and alleged misconduct to safeguard animal welfare and secure industry integrity.

“GRNSW has engaged hardened investigators to assist in preventing the mistreatment of animals and ensure individuals involved in animal cruelty or other wrongdoing are held to account,” Mr Newson added.

Click here to view the GRNSW Industry Supervision Strategy.

Superstar of Glebe

Forget rock stars, models and TV presenters – Junior is the real superstar of Glebe.

The five-year-old graduate from GRNSW’s Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program has become one of the most popular faces around the inner west Sydney suburb – and it’s not hard to see why.

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Investigation Unit Overhaul

Greyhound Racing NSW has overhauled its Investigations unit as part of its ongoing reform of the NSW greyhound racing industry.

Increased kennel inspections, new covert surveillance techniques and the encouragement of informants to help expose wrongdoing will be among the tactics used by the new Investigations team, which was restructured in the wake of the live-baiting scandal earlier this year.

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Comprehensive New Rules

GRNSW has implemented a series of comprehensive new rules to ensure the responsible breeding of greyhounds.

The rule changes were introduced on July 1 as part of GRNSW’s ongoing and robust reform process in response to the live baiting scandal.

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Martin Place Open Day

GRNSW Greyhounds As Pets’ recent Open Day not only stopped traffic – it also made TV stars out of some of the wonderful greyhounds on show!

The event, which took place at Martin Place in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, allowed people to meet 15 greyhounds from the Greyhounds As Pets program. It also featured information about adopting and fostering greyhounds and how they make great pets.

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